America’s 75 million aging adults will soon face decisions about where and how to live as they age. Current options for long-term care, including nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, are costly and require seniors to move from place to place. MU researchers have found that a strategy for long-term care called Aging in Place (AIP) is less expensive and provides better health outcomes.
The AIP model allows older adults to receive health care in their preferred place of living. Services and care are provided to meet residents’ increasing needs, which avoids relocation to higher levels of care. AIP includes continuous care management, a combination of personalized health services with nursing care coordination. Seniors receive services only when they need them — a measure that helps control costs.
The project, which began in 1996, combines expertise from many different disciplines. Partners come from MU’s Sinclair School of Nursing, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, School of Social Work, Department of Physical Therapy, Department of Health Management and Informatics, Biostatistics Group and Department of Family and Community Medicine — along with outside consultants.
As a national model of excellence, the Aging in Place project is dramatically changing the way long-term care is provided to older Americans.
Mizzou Advantage press release (June 2018)